Admission Checklist

Goshen College invites you to apply for admission to the college, and we encourage you to visit the campus to learn more about the opportunities that await you if you enroll.


First-year student: any student who has not taken college level classes since the summer following high school graduation.
Transfer student: any student who has taken college level classes anytime since the summer following high school graduation.
Readmit student: any student who has taken classes at Goshen College previously and is now re-enrolling.
Post-graduate student: any student who has completed a four-year degree and wishes to pursue another major/degree or simply take a few courses.
Non-Degree Seeking student: any student who is enrolling for one semester at Goshen College and plans to transfer credits back to their home institution.

First-year students

Goshen College seeks to enroll students who are prepared for a challenging academic program that will prepare them for a successful career after they graduate. High school courses, grades, test scores, and students’ personal experiences are important factors in the admission decision.

High School Courses

Graduation from an accredited high school is required along with the following recommended college preparatory courses.

  • English: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 2-4 units
  • Science: 2-3 units (pre-nursing students must have one unit of high-school chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher, or its college equivalent)
  • Social Studies: 2-3 units
  • Foreign Language: 2-4 units

GED: Average score of 500 or above on each of the subscores for tests taken after 2002. Average score of 50 or above on each of the subscores for tests taken before 2002.

College-level credit during high school: Students with Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, or other college-level credit should submit official score reports or transcripts to Goshen College.

Home-schooled students must show that they have successfully completed a secondary school education in a home school setting and have met state law requirements for secondary education. Applicants must submit high school equivalent transcripts with grades or evaluations. If these are not available, curricula for grades 9 through 12 may be provided. Official SAT I or ACT scores must be submitted.

Students not meeting full admission standards are still encouraged to apply for admission. Goshen College takes a holistic approach to admission decisions and will consider the merit of each applicants’ academic record on an individual basis. Additional materials may be requested so that we can learn as much as we need to make our admission decision.

Students with diagnosed learning disabilities, who are otherwise qualified for admission to Goshen College, must provide documentation of their specific learning differences to the director of the Academic Resource and Writing Center in order to receive reasonable accommodation.


Student Type Application Fee Essay School Refs. Transcripts SAT/ACT
First-Year Yes $25 Yes High School Yes Yes
Transfer Yes $25 Yes College Yes No*
Readmit Yes 0 Yes No** Yes** No
Post-graduate Yes $25 No No Yes No
Non -Degree Seeking Yes $25 No College No No


  • Applicants are invited to submit an essay of 250-500 words answering the following question: As you consider college and your future, what are your academic, social, spiritual, or other goals?
  • SAT or ACT tests scores may fulfill athletic eligibility so test scores are recommended for athletes.
  • * Transfer students with less than 24 credit hours must also submit a final high school transcript and if under age 24 also SAT or ACT scores.
  • ** Readmit students must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since attending GC, regardless of the transferability of credits. A college reference letter may be requested..
  • Home schooled first-year students are not required to submit a Counselor reference.
  • International and Canadian students are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores for admission.
  • International students must also submit the following in addition to the required documents above:
    • Financial Information Form along with supporting documents
    • Official translation of all documents if not in English
    • Documents certifying English proficiency
    • A photo
    • Copy of passport for verification of official spelling of name

Admitted students must submit the $200 enrollment deposit in order to establish their priority for campus housing and to be eligible for registration for classes. The $200 enrollment deposit is refundable by written request before May 1 for students entering in the fall and Dec. 1 for students entering in the spring. International students will receive their I-20 after their $200 enrollment deposit has been received.


The following statement should be considered as a condition of admission: Goshen College maintains standards for behavior, which contribute to a strong campus community. Students from different backgrounds may have different values, but the Goshen College community expects a lifestyle that excludes use of alcohol, use or possession of non-medicinal drugs, use of tobacco, use and/or possession of firearms or fireworks and premarital sex. Racial discrimination and prejudice will not be tolerated. All students are expected to live in accordance with the “Commitment to Community Standards.”


Have your scores sent to us directly! Our codes are 1251 (SAT) and 1196 (ACT)

Graduate and Continuing Studies Students

Adult students interested in the following programs please refer to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies website:

  • M.A. Environmental Education
  • M.A. Intercultural Leadership
  • M.S. Nursing
  • Master of Business Administration
  • RN to BSN
  • B.S. Organizational Leadership
  • B.S. Business Administration
  • B.A. Social Work